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Passage Reading and English Comprehension

Passage one

There are not many places that I find it more agreeable to revisit when in an idle mood, than some places to which I have never been. For, my acquaintance with those spots is of such long standing, and has ripened into an intimacy of so affectionate a nature, that I take a particular interest in assuring myself that they are unchanged. I never was in Robinson Crusoe’s Island, yet I frequently return there. I was never in the robbers’ cave, where Gil Blas lived, but I often go back there and find the trap-door just as heavy to raise as it used to be. I was never in Don Quixote’s study, where he read his books of chivalry until he rose and hacked at imaginary giants, yet you couldn’t move a book in it without my knowledge. So with Damascus, and Lilliput, and the Nile, and Abyssinia, and the North Pole, and many hundreds of places — I was never at them, yet it is an affair of my life to keep them intact, and I am always going back to them.

Passage two

The books one reads in childhood create in one’s mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can even survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent. The pampas, the Amazon, the coral islands of the Pacific, Russia, land of birch-tree and samovar, Transylvania with its boyars and vampires, the China of Guy Boothby, the Paris of du Maurier—one could continue the list for a long time. But one other imaginary country that I acquired early in life was called America. If I pause on the word “America”, and deliberately put aside the existing reality, I can call up my childhood vision of it.

1272. The first sentence of passage one contains an element of

(a) paradox
(b) legend
(c) melancholy
(d) humor E. self-deprecation

1273. By calling America an “imaginary country” the author of passage two implies that

(a) America has been the subject of numerous works for children
(b) he has never seen America
(c) his current vision of that country is not related to reality
(d) America has stimulated his imagination E. his childhood vision of that country owed nothing to actual conditions

1274. Both passages make the point that

(a) imaginary travel is better than real journeys
(b) children’s books are largely fiction
(c) the effects of childhood impressions are inescapable
(d) books read early in life can be revisited in the imagination many years later E. the sight of imaginary places evokes memories

1275. Both passages list a series of places, but differ in that the author of passage one

(a) has been more influenced by his list of locations
(b) never expects to visit any of them in real life, whereas the writer of passage two thinks it at least possible that he might
(c) is less specific in compiling his list
(d) wishes to preserve his locations in his mind forever, whereas the author of passage two wishes to modify all his visions in the light of reality. E. revisits them more often

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